FLASH flooding has been reported across the Warrnambool district, with about a dozen SES callouts overnight on Tuesday.
SES regional officer Ian Carlton said parts of the south-west received 35-40mm of rain between Tuesday and yesterday.
“There was quite a bit of flash flooding with that much rain across the region,” he said.
“We had requests for assistance with about a dozen jobs in the Allansford, Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Kirkstall areas. There was simply too much water, people were panicking and there was water rising in backyards.”
Mr Carlton said there was water in one garage, but “nothing too serious”.
He said SES volunteers responded with some sandbagging and swept out water where they could.
There were also reports of a mini tornado at Ararat and landslides along the Great Ocean Road at Separation Creek, south-west of Lorne.
SES state duty office said there was a micro burst at Ararat about 7.45pm Tuesday night which was reported as a mini tornado or severe localised thunderstorm in a very short time frame.
Two businesses suffered damage to their roofs and there were eight requests for help to repair damage and clear fallen trees.
In Portland, a handful of caravans were flooded yesterday afternoon when a drain blocked at the Henty Bay caravan park.
Portland SES unit controller John Davis said about three or four caravans were affected by the floodwaters and Glenelg Shire Council was called to deal with the blocked drain.
Mr Davis said his property had received 98mm of rain between 4.30pm on Tuesday and about 9am on yesterday morning.
The Portland SES unit attended five callouts to flooded properties on Tuesday, he said.
Most problems were dealt with by digging trenches to divert the flooding elsewhere or by pumping water away.
Heywood SES member Wayne McKinley said the Heywood area received about 70mm overnight to yesterday morning.